The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Income survey: It's important to Fayette residents 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Most people are reluctant to discuss the details of their income. That’s a topic that clearly falls under the none-of-your-business category, and that’s certainly a factor in the difficulty the Village of Fayette has with income surveys.

The last time village officials were seeking income data, in 2006, a door-to-door effort was finally undertaken in order to obtain sufficient information. The project was extra time-consuming, but definitely worth it.

At that time, the Village needed to prove a certain range of income in order to prevent a huge increase in sewer rates in relation to a sewer project.

The issue now, once again, is sewers. The Village is still working toward the separation of septic and storm sewer lines that will bring a halt to overflows of raw sewage. And once again, income is important.

If data shows residents fall into the low-to-moderate income range—as was the case in 2006—the village is in line for a $600,000 grant. That’s $600,000 residents won’t be borrowing and paying back. There’s additional money available from county sources that’s also tied to income level.

Only a sample of village residents will receive the survey in the mail next week. Take the few minutes needed to complete the form and mail it to the agency in Toledo that will tabulate the results. It’s an act that’s likely to benefit everyone in the community.

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